Sunday, June 8, 2014

THE PERFECT PICNIC

Welcome picnic hoppers to my day of The Perfect Picnic Blog Hop.  Haven't all these picnics been so fun and the picnic quilts and memories that have been made....  Oh La La!

First let me thank our fabulous cheerleader for this whole shebang of a picnic blog hop, the one, the only Ms Mary at IPiece2Mary.  She's done a fabulous job.  And the master mind behind all this, the one, the only Madamme Samm at Sew We Quilt.

Second, a huge thank you to our sponsors for the Picnic Hop Riley Blake Fabrics for supplying the laminates for the backing of several of the quilts featured on the hop and Peterboro Baskets for supplying baskets to some of the bloggers.  After all, what would a picnic be without a basket or a quilt and don't forget the ants?

And Third, last but not least, I hope you have an imagination for the remainder of this post because you're going to need it.  You see, I'm a procrastinator from the word go and of course it bit me in the behind this time.  I knew I'd be doing my project at the last minute anyway due to graduation, however, I wasn't counting on my Queenie (aka Longarm Quilting Machine) to break down.  And that she did.  I finished the quilt top on Wednesday and the backing; which is a whole other quilt in itself on Thursday, rolled them into the quilting frame Thursday evening to be ready to go on Friday morning.  I almost had one pass across the quilt finished and that's where things went wrong.  You can read about it here.    After a frantic phone call to Mdm Samm, she assured me the we all have hiccups and for me to post what I have and carry on with the picnic.  And that's what I did.

As you might already know, there were a few requirements

  1. We needed a quilt
  2. We needed entertainment (books, games, etc.)
  3. We needed a picnic basket
  4. We needed a menu
  5. We needed photos of the event.

So... #1 QUILT
I know all of you are anxious to see my quilt and here's where your imagination comes in.  It's still on the frame so there are no great and wonderful pictures.  I pinned the top to the wall behind the machine so the quilt looks upside down but it really isn't.  I rotated the picture but then it looked really odd with the window at the bottom.  haha.

A picnic wouldn't be complete without ants... right?

I love the sayings in the panels I used for the quilt.  They are so simple and good to live by.  "Treasure the little things in each new day."


"Celebrate the goodness of life."

"Life's goodness is all around us."

"Take time to imagine and build castles in the air."


#2 ENTERTAINMENT - The backing of my quilt was to have all the entertainment any perfect picnic would need.  On the left side was a hop scotch pad.  And on the top right side was a large checkerboard game and on the bottom right was a tic tac toe game.  Something for everyone!  Imagination comes into play again.  I didn't take any pictures of the back before I put it on the frame and I couldn't take the quilt out of the frame as it stopped just short of completing the row.  Have you ever tried to line up a pattern once a quilt has been removed and put back in the frame?  Trust me, you don't want to try it.
Hopscotch

Checkers 

Tic Tac Toe


#3, 4 & 5 - THE PICNIC BASKET, THE MENU, AND THE PHOTOS.  My not so perfect picnic that turned out to be a very nice picnic after all.  The King and I surveyed the local park for a spot and decided on one, then he came home on Saturday and said they were have a "car show" at the park.  Well snap, there goes that spot.  And then I remember a place we have never been that we've always want to go and never have.  It's Regency Bridge and it's about 30 miles from the house.

Regency Bridge is only one of 8 remaining suspension bridges in Texas and I believe I read somewhere that it's the only one you can drive across.  You can read about it  here and here.




A view of the Colorado river (that amazingly has water in this part of it).



I'm pretty close to the edge for me.  I don't like heights and I sure couldn't look down!


We found a nice flat of rocks just off to the side of the bridge.  Our picnic basket wasn't a Peterboro basket but it was a Longaberger Basket.  I own more than a few Longaberger baskets so I just couldn't justify purchasing another basket.  I think I have 3 large picnic baskets like this one and 2 of the small picnic baskets too.  On the menu was fried chicken (Mrs. Brookshire's Deli makes great fried chicken), homemade potato salad, fresh cantaloupe, french bread and roasted garlic dipping sauce and of course a slice of delicious "Bunko Pie".


Regency Bridge is out in the boon docks, way off the beaten path and we thought we would be all alone.  NOT!!!  We had just settled in for our picnic lunch when another car arrived and a couple walked across the bridge.  Then a few minutes later another couple came by. Both stopped and chatted with us.  Three other cars crossed the bridge as well and another car of 4 teens/young adults parked and walked across too.  The kids climbed the posts, which made my heart flutter.  Remember, I don't like heights!  It was a busy little spot in the middle of nowhere!

Do you see the hole behind the King?  There are actually 2 holes.  Legend has it that these were the rocks that the Comanche Indians ground corn on and they would grind it in these holes.  





I love all the graffiti on the rocks.

Another view of the bridge from our picnic rock.

I told you a picnic wouldn't be complete without the ants!  Can you see them trying to carry off our crumbs?  


Apparently there is a White Wolf Trading Post on the other side of the bridge but we didn't go in to see if it was open.  


Aren't the prickly pear cactus beautiful!  Well, at least when they bloom they're as pretty as cactus can be!  


The King revealed to me that he probably hasn't gone on a picnic since grade school and I can tell you that was a very long time ago!  It has been a long time since I've gone on one too but not quite THAT long!

Now, skedaddle out of here and check out the other picnics for today.  And after you've done that, plan your perfect picnic and GO ON ONE or two or more this summer!

Monday, June 9th
The Quilting Queen Online (You're in the Queen's Palace)





SHARE:

41 comments

  1. Love how you used panels in your picnic quilt! Thank you for joining the fun .

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your quilt will look lovely when yo get it finished, hope that happens soon! You guys seemed to have a perfect picnic in spite of all the "difficulties".
    It was great being a part of the blog hop together with you all!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your Quilt is so sweet, and I Love the Sayings you chose to dd to it!! Thank~you for sharing your day with us!! I really enjoy seeing your area in Texas. Now, what is Bunko Pie?
    Huggs, Nancy

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your quilt will be so wonderful when it is done. Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  5. A wonderful picnic! I love seeing where folks are going for their picnics. You were brave to even stand up there at all. I too am afraid of heights. I can't wait to see your picnic quilt finished. It will be just the excuse for another picnic!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your quilt is off to a great start...love the ants! I'm with you, I don't like heights either!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Doris in education we call this "monitor and adjust"! And you adjusted beautifully! Your quilt is going to be perfect and I love the addition of the games on the back; that's just brilliant. blessings, marlene

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great looking quilt! How fun. Your picnic looks lovely too.

    ReplyDelete
  9. A lovely spot for a picnic.. and yes, I can relate to the machine oopsies... There is nothing like a longarm machine until it won't run. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Despite the glitches, it looks like you had a wonderful picnic! Your quilt top and back are great! You're going to have a beautiful picnic quilt when you finish!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautifully put together quilt - unfortunate about Queenie the quilting machine, though! Best wishes getting her back to work again! And those ants are darned cute!

    ReplyDelete
  12. good morning Doris...totally agree with you...no picnics without ants..yours are the only kind I really adore and your quilt is solo ginghamly perfect even not completed...be sure to let us know when it is...your picnic outing on the other hand was a divine outing...love those holes in the rock..totally cool that is...I am soooo pleased you brought us all along...x

    ReplyDelete
  13. You'll have to take that cute as can be quilt back out there when you are able to get it finished. Please bring it to the meeting Tuesday so I can meet it in person. We used to live in Mills county close to the Regency bridge and I drove the school bus up to the pink house right after the old Regency Store. Couldn't cross the bridge though, it had too many holes in it !

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sounds like a wonderful day and your quilt is looking great!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Looks like you had a wonderful picnic in spite of the hiccups with your quilt. I can't wait to see it finished as it looks very, very beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love your quilt, the ants are a super touch. What a great idea with the backing.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you not letting the longarm SNAFU deter you from your picnic. The quilt is amazing already and will be terrific once you get it quilted. The picnic was delightful. I loved your tale; I was there with you every minute as you wonderfully told of your day. Bunko Pie is new to me. It looks delicious. I guess I'll have to see if I can find a recipe for it. I'm not only having a wonderful tour of quilts but also food! And I can't fail to mention the scenery. Thank you for participating and being a great inspiration to carry on, no matter the circumstance.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Doris! I am sorry your lovely quilt didn't make it to the picnic, but you had another pretty one in the wings ready to stand ( or should I say LAY) in! Love the idea for the games to be on the back and the panels on the front are just the right light hearted touch. Can't wait to see it when it is done :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Doris, this looks like a fun adventure, and a neat place to go, even with all the visitors, complete with ants, haha! Way fun quilt - can't wait to see it all completed! What a great idea - a picnic on the front and all the games you want on the back.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks for all of the background information, that is a neat spot. Looks like you will have a perfect picnic quilt. Great ideas for the back.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Your quilt with the ants will be great finished. Love the trip too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    ReplyDelete
  22. I enjoyed your picnic story so much. Stay away from the edge, gives me the heebie jeebies. I'm so sorry for your machine troubles. It DOES happen to all of us once in awhile. Great pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a perfect summer/picnic quilt. The pinwheel blocks add a nice touch. Your photos are wonderful and I felt I was right there with you.

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a lovely bright and happy picnic quilt; so sorry you had quilter problems; double darn! Beautiful sport for a picnic. It was definitely time to get the king out on a picnic!

    ReplyDelete
  25. What a fun picnic quilt! And your second choice for a picnic place sounds like it was a first place winner after all!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Love your picnic quilt and the back will look fantastic! I'm looking forward to pictures when you get that new needle bar in place (need pics of that too). Your ants marching, both on the quilt and the rock are fabulous!!! Lovely picnic spot, even if it was a bit busy. I've seen many grinding rocks - ingenious of the Native Americans to make-do with what they had at hand - your holes were nice and deep to keep that cornmeal in place while being ground.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your quilt ceremony is picnic perfect. I love your idea of putting game boards on it. Also thank you for the story and beautiful pictures. You certainly picked the perfect place for a picnic.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thanks for sharing your picnic, Doris. Your quilt is looking bright and beautiful and so much fun. I love all the games ideas you have on the back. Looking forward to seeing your quilt. I hope your machine is up and running soon. Your picnic adventure looks very interesting. I like those suspension bridges. My hubby does not. I have never heard of bunko pie. Please pass me a piece ... :) Pat

    ReplyDelete
  29. Didn't take any imagination at all to see that your quilt is wonderful. :) I like the idea of a two sided quilt with the games on the back...clever. Fun place to have your picnic. Some times the adjustments we have to make when things don't go "right" turn out to be better than originally planned.

    ReplyDelete
  30. The panel you included in your quilt is just perfect for a picnic quilt. I can see it will be lovely when you get it quilted. I enjoyed your photos and description of the picnic site.

    ReplyDelete
  31. That is just adorable and your picnic site was wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  32. The back of your quilt is the best idea I've seen! I am going to start following your blog so that I can see it finished and pin it!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I love your picnic rock! And I'm happy you got to take your husband out on a new adventure, sounds like you may need a few more picnics to happen this summer :) Thank you for sharing your picnic, I hope Queenie is feeling better soon!
    ~Brandy

    ReplyDelete
  34. I loved your picnic quilt front and back! looks like yall had a great day too! xo jan

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hey, any picnic is perfect as long as it's a picnic. I must admit I chuckled at the thought of you eating on the top as it stands, and then laughed out loud as I imagined you crouched under the frame, trying to get the temporary tacking material to stick the checkers onto the checkerboard!

    ReplyDelete
  36. well it sounds like you did have a wonderful time...your picnic quilt looks wonderful

    ReplyDelete
  37. looks like you had a really fun day. quilt looks great.

    ReplyDelete
  38. What a great quilt! Looks like you had a super day.

    ReplyDelete
  39. A great quilt and a great day. Love the little ants on your quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  40. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

Your comments make my day. I love to hear what you have to say. Please leave me a comment.

© The Quilting Queen Online | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig